NBA All-Star game last held in Houston in 1989

Originally Published: December 4, 2004
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Houston Rockets: Houston was awarded the 2006 NBA All-Star game on Tuesday, the second time the city will host the league's midseason event.

Commissioner David Stern made the announcement with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and Houston Mayor Bill White at the Toyota Center, home of the Rockets and site of the Feb. 19 game.

"Houston has distinguished itself as a sports center," Stern said. "A number of events have been held here, and held here in fine fashion."

The city has already hosted the Super Bowl and baseball's All-Star game this year.

The NBA All-Star game was last held in Houston in 1989 before a record crowd of 44,735 at the Astrodome.

Los Angeles Clippers: Forward Elton Brand has been suspended one game without pay for a flagrant foul and for pushing Charlotte's Emeka Okafor NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced.

The incident occurred with 3:28 remaining in the Clippers' 99-93 victory over the Bobcats on Monday at Staples Center. The foul was judged a category two flagrant foul, for which Brand was immediately ejected.

Brand will sit out the Clippers' Dec. 11 matchup against the Lakers at Staples.

Sacramento Kings: Chris Webber was scratched from the starting lineup Tuesday night due to a sore left knee.

The oft-injured power forward sat out for the first time this season to rest his knee, which required major surgery after he tore ligaments during a playoff game in May 2003. Backup center Greg Ostertag started in Webber's spot against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Webber was shaky while playing just 23 games last season after recovering from the surgery, but appeared to be healthier this season. He has missed only a few practices to rest his knee.

New York Knicks: Allan Houston was activated by the Knicks on Tuesday after missing the team's first 16 games with a left knee injury.

The Knicks also activated Moochie Norris (left Achilles' tendinitis) and put Penny Hardaway (strained right hamstring) and Jamison Brewer (right big toe tendinitis) on the injured list.

Houston missed the playoffs and 13 of the final 14 regular-season games last season because of soreness that developed after he returned from surgery on his left knee.

With a career average of 17.5 points, he was the Knicks' leading scorer in four of the past five seasons.

The team said he was not expected to be in uniform for Tuesday night's game at Memphis. The Knicks entered that game leading the Atlantic Division at 8-8.

Indiana Pacers: The Pacers suffered yet another setback. Point guard Jamaal Tinsley did not dress for Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee due to a sprained right ankle.

Tinsley was injured in Saturday's game against Golden State. He went up for a rebound, came down on the foot of a Warriors player and immediately went down writhing in pain.

He returned for a few minutes, but could not finish the game. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said he is questionable for Friday's game at Milwaukee.

Eddie Gill started in place of Tinsley.

Meanwhile, the Pacers activated center Jeff Foster from the injured list.

Foster missed the first 17 games of the season after having surgery on his right hip in October.

"The important thing is to get him out on the floor," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's going to take some time to get his rhythm and get his conditioning, obviously, but the first step is that he get back out there and tomorrow's the time to do that."

To make room for Foster, the Pacers released forward Britton Johnsen. He played in six games, starting one, and averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.

Milwaukee Bucks: Forward Keith Van Horn missed his second straight game after spraining his right ankle in practice. Desmond Mason started for Van Horn in the Bucks' game against the Pacers.

Memphis Grizzlies: Point guard Jason Williams was placed on the injured list with a sprained right ankle.

Williams, who did not play in Saturday's game against Orlando, will miss at least the next five games.

The Grizzlies' starting point guard, Williams is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 assists in 16 games this season.

Memphis, which made the playoffs last season for the first time in club history, has lost six of its last seven games and is a disappointing 6-12.

Earl Watson will start while Williams is sidelined.

To replace Williams on the roster, the Grizzlies activated rookie point guard Antonio Burks from the injured list. He has been on the IL since Nov. 1 with a strained hip.

Phoenix Suns: Forward Zarko Cabarkapa was activated for the first time this season.

Cabarkapa, a second-year player, went on the injured list Nov. 1 with tendinitis in his left knee and missed the first 17 games. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 49 games last season.

In a related move, Phoenix placed rookie forward Jackson Vroman on the injured list with a left groin strain.

Denver Nuggets: Police were called to a Dunkin' Donuts on Friday morning after Chris Herren, 29, of Portsmouth, R.I., crashed his car into a wall near the drive-through, Sgt. Harry Leonard told The Providence Journal.

Officers found Herren unconscious in the car and had to smash a window to give him medical treatment. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Herren refused a blood test at the hospital and was arraigned a Portsmouth Police Station after officers found empty packets that contained heroin residue in his car, Leonard said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while in possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, driving after his license had been revoked and refusal to submit to a drug test.

He was released on $4,000 surety bail and is set to appear in court on Dec. 16.

He was drafted by Denver in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 1999 NBA draft.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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